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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (September 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785151443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785151449
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Hickman is an American comic book writer and artist. He is known for the Image Comics series The Nightly News (Nominated in 2008 for "Best Limited Series" Eisner Award) and currently writes Secret Warriors, FF (previously Fantastic Four), and S.H.I.E.L.D for Marvel Comics.

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I enjoyed this read, picking it up on a whim, and I can recommend it even to the non FF enthusiast.
THowerton
And I happen to think that these white & black costumes look sleek and dynamic, even if it does make Spidey resemble Anti-Venom.
H. Bala
Hickman also writes the story well despite all the numerous location jumping and events that preceded this book.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 27, 2011
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Jonathan Hickman has been doing big things with the FF, back from when FF meant the Fantastic Four, and now in its guise of the Future Foundation. I'm still a bit meh about Hickman's killing off of Johnny Storm. With death in comics as permanent as a Peter Parker marriage or THE CAPE on NBC, it shan't be long before there's a sighting of our favorite talking matchhead. But until then I plan to relish the hell out of this new group dynamics. Spidey's finally part of Marvel's First Family, which to me is much cooler than his joining the Avengers. And I love that Spidey soon demonstrates that he has the marbles upstairs to keep up with this most subversive of think tanks.

FF Vol. 1 collects the series' first five issues, and it's a good jumping-on point for newbies or for those who've slackened off on their devotion to FF. Absolutely it makes sense that Reed, Susan, and Ben, in the wake of Johnny's sacrifice, would want to table the "Fantastic Four" name in honor of the Torch. It makes sense that they would opt for new costumes. And I happen to think that these white & black costumes look sleek and dynamic, even if it does make Spidey resemble Anti-Venom. If you've been tracking Hickman's run, then you know that Reed Richards had begun mentoring a cadre of mostly young super-geniuses composed of his kids, Franklin and Valeria, Alex Power of Power Pack, the Wizard's young 23rd clone, the new Dragon man, and several Atlanteans and evolved Moloids. Today, Mr. Fantastic is even more resolved to explore the boundaries of science in service of the human condition. And given that premise, it isn't surprising that the first four issues, while packed with eyebrow-raising reveals, are essentially character-driven stories, featuring panel after panel of talking heads dropping multisyllabic dialogue.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Born on August 26, 2011
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After the death of Johnny Storm, the Fantastic Four is disbanded. In it's place is the Future Foundation. An organization dedicated to solving the worlds most difficult issues. Members includes the entire Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, The Thing, Spiderman, the worlds most genius children, and Doctor Doom.
They set their combined brainpower to find a temporary cure for The Thing in the first arc. The art in this whole volume is perfect for the series. It creates the perfect aesthetic for the series.
The second arc finds Doom being... Doom. He organizes a council to discover a way to kill Reed Richards once and for all. Needless to say, it is entertaining and the dialogue is excellent.
Overall, this proves to be a very promising start for the Future Foundation. I never really liked the Fantastic Four, but I love where Hickman is going with this series.
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Jonathan Hickman does such a great job of blending high science with super-hero action and family drama. Those skills make him such a great fit for the FF. His Reed(s) are great and Susan is portrayed as the strongest in the family, as she should. This volume sees the great inclusion of Spider-Man and the ramifications of Johnny's death. Steve Epting, as usual, delivers utterly fantastic art. Overall, a very good read in a great Fantastic Four run!
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Collects FF issues #1-5

Although the series got a name change, this is a clear continuation of Hickman's Fantastic Four series. For this reason, I would not recommend this as a jumping on point. A lot of the main action is dependent on prior knowledge of The Bridge and The Council. With that being said, on to the spoilers:

-This first part is not a spoiler, but I was just thinking about something kind of interesting. I bought into the media hype after the Human Torch's death, and actually purchased FF issue #1 when it was originally released in 2011. I read it, didn't love it, and never picked up the book again. It wasn't because the overall story is bad (see my 5-star rating above), but rather because you can't pick up issue #1 and hope to understand who all these characters are and what is actually happening.

-Johnny died, and he had pre-selected Spider-Man to be his Fantastic Four replacement. I think that Hickman gets Spidey's voice right in this comic.

-Nathan's just hanging out with the family now, and it doesn't appear that he has brought up the full extent of Future Franklin and Future Val's plan.

-The Wizard is freed, and I appreciate that they've kept checking back in with this character since the Fantastic Four series started.

-Franklin doesn't love Spidey anymore. Johnny's his new #1 hero.

-Val and Nathan bring Doom to the team, and Reed is not happy.

-Val fixes Doom's brain with ease, but I liked the moment when Reed considered purging Doom's brain.

-I really liked the fact that Reed invited a quorum of supervillains to "finally defeat Reed Richards." This is, of course, a reference, not to 616 Reed, but to members of the (now evil) Council.

-Oatu shows up!
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Disclaimer: I like the Fantastic Four well enough but I've never been what you would call a tremendous fan.

FF, standing for "First Family" and/or "Future Foundation" (take your pick), doesn't stand for the Fantastic Four anymore due to the death of a member (note: he's not on the cover). How'd this happen? I don't know the details but the surviving members are urged to continue to do what they do and so they bring in Peter Parker to occupy (not replace) the missing member. Parker is tapped not merely for his friendship to the team but, in large part, because of his intellect and ability to participate as part of the Future Foundation, a group of extraordinary individuals steeped in scientific abilities and dedicated to making the world a better place for everyone to live in.

Collecting FF #1-5 the story just gets going, and it is interesting and compelling. Reed Richards (plural) are the villains and our heroes invite none other than a fractured Doom to join them in helping to defeat the bevy of Mr. Fantastics. Other villains are likewise brought in to help. While this particular run doesn't up the ante on how all of their personalities and machinations will cause havoc for the team it certainly sets up a lengthy and juicy story narrative that could last for a couple of years.

I enjoyed this read, picking it up on a whim, and I can recommend it even to the non FF enthusiast.
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